Blackpool is more than a holiday resort and there are a number of other dimensions to the town besides tourism. It is a notable sporting centre with the famous FA cup winning Blackpool Football Club and the distinguished player Sir Stanley Matthews. Blackpool is also well known as a venue for international snooker and darts competitions. There are five important dance festivals held in the town - at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the Winter Gardens. The Grundy art Gallery is worth a visit, both for its permanent collection and for the exhibitions it regularly hosts, such as the recent Matisse and Rembrandt presentations. For Blackpool 2008 attractions, entertainments, and holiday events please visit Blackpool 2008.

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Blackpool is situated geographically on the Fylde coast in Lancashire in England's North West region. The town has a population of almost one hundred and forty three thousand people. Blackpool is chiefly known as a tourist resort, and receives more visitors than any other holiday destination in Europe, with around ten million people visiting annually. Tourism and ancillary activities is the biggest employment sector in the town. Blackpool has numerous tourist attractions: miles of beach ranging from the sand dunes in the south to the cliffs in the north, the famous Golden Mile with its fast food outlets, shopping areas and amusement arcades.

There are several historic attractions - the world famous Tower, three elegant Victorian Piers, the tramway system, the illuminations and the Winter Gardens complex of venues. The Pleasure Beach Blackpool is the most popular tourist attraction in Britain, and it has many rides and spectacular shows . Blackpool also has great theatres, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Other attractions include the Sea life Centre, the Sandcastle Waterworld, waxworks, Zoo, Stanley Park and Model Village.